One more reason to shop at J.Crew

They’re featuring “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children” and they support “liberal, transgendered identity politics.” I mean, check this out:

Image from J.Crew catalog of a mom with her son. The son's toenails are painted pink.

Horrifying. Here’s how the right-wing Media Research Council describes it:

J.CREW, a popular preppy woman’s clothing brand and favorite affordable line of first lady Michelle Obama, is targeting a new demographic – mothers of gender-confused young boys. At least, that’s the impression given by a new marketing piece that features blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children.

An email sent to customers on Tuesday, April 5th contained a promotion for free shipping if the customer spends $150 or more. The email also contained a feature called ‘Jenna’s favorites,’ highlighting special selections by J.CREW designer Jenna Lyons. Jenna selected a striped long-sleeve t-shirt, and hot pink nail polish by Essie, modeled by her young son.

In the feature, Jenna is pictured with her adorable curly-haired son Beckett, and the two are seen giggling with Jenna holding Beckett’s feet, containing hot pink painted toe-nails. ‘Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink,’ read Jenna’s quote. ‘Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.’

Not only is Beckett likely to change his favorite color as early as tomorrow, Jenna’s indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future. J.CREW, known for its tasteful and modest clothing, apparently does not mind exploiting Beckett behind the façade of liberal, transgendered identity politics.

A boy playing with… nail polish?! What’s next? Is he going to talk in a high-pitched voice? Someone call Child Protective Services and get this kid sent to a home where he’ll be beaten with a rod if he even thinks about wearing those nautical stripes again, or so much as exhibits the tiniest hint of joy (happiness is for girls) (except girls who have opinions or personalities).

(Graphic and story via Jesus’ General).

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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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53 Responses to One more reason to shop at J.Crew

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  2. Florence says:

    Although my son never showed any interest in nail polish, my nephew loved it. His father, my BIL, thought it was disgusting, so I of course corrupted the kid by painting his toenails like he wanted in the privacy of the bathroom, and he wore little socks over his feet to disguise the debauchery. The little guy is now a giant 6’3″ beast who plays college football, so clearly this didn’t mess up his heteronormative masculinity one bit.

    Sidenote: Even though I’m broke (and pregnant anyway), I’m the tiniest bit obsessed with the J. Crew catalog. The Winter 2011 catalog almost has me convinced that I can wear rhinestones with office wear.

  3. broken says:

    Doesn’t J. Crew make some decent mens clothes too… or does that not count.

  4. Natalia says:

    Jenna is clearly a horrible parent. My kid will wear combat boots and watch pro-wrestling starting at day one. Sweaty men in spandex scoff at pink nail polish.

  5. Kira says:

    Fox News has a followup by Dr. Keith Ablow: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/11/j-crew-plants-seeds-gender-identity/

    “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” [my word choice] is not known.”

    And, in a stunning display of transphobia, “Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth, can throw our species into real psychological turmoil—not to mention crowding operating rooms with procedures to grotesquely amputate body parts?”

  6. Florence says:

    Natalia: My kid will wear combat boots and watch pro-wrestling starting at day one. Sweaty men in spandex scoff at pink nail polish.

    …but love self-tanner and eyeliner. Exceptions!

  7. Kathleen says:

    come on ya’ll. Remember how everyone laughed at the right wing alarum about that purple teletubby with the purse being an advance weeble for the gay agenda? and now everyone is queer just like they said. QED mah peeps, Q.E.D.

  8. Natalia says:

    …but love self-tanner and eyeliner. Exceptions!

    And everyone who scoffs at their eyeliner will get their ass kicked – and I suspect the Media Research Council knows this.

  9. Nahida says:

    I totally used to put make up on my brother when we were little. He would run to the mirror to see how pretty he looked. Then he would run back to me and accuse me of being unskilled.

  10. Julie says:

    Hah! I didn’t realize my son was transgendered. He is currently sitting in my living room with purple toenail polish on. He is also 4 and very much insistent that he is a boy. In fact, he was explaining to me the other day all the stuff he couldn’t do because he’s a boy and “boys don’t do that”. Now, we talked about how that was silly and how boys and girls don’t have separate activities or things that they can say/wear, but he is definitely aware of the fact that he is a boy. A boy who likes nail polish, and who wants his ears pierced so he can wear gummi worm earrings like his big sister.

  11. Nahida says:

    Jenna’s indulgence (or encouragement) could make life hard for the boy in the future.

    Victim-blaming bullshit. HIS LIFE WILL BE HARD SO YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT, instead of blaming the people who make it that way.

  12. Kate says:

    I once painted my ballet-watching, home-cleaning husband’s toenails blue. He thought it was cute, and someone at the gym started giving him shit about it. His response: “I’m a manly street biker in the city, this will help my wife identify my body at the morgue if I’m run over by some asshole in an SUV.”

    I love my husband.

  13. scrumby says:

    Kira:
    Fox News has a followup by Dr. Keith Ablow: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/11/j-crew-plants-seeds-gender-identity/

    “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” [my word choice] is not known.”

    And, in a stunning display of transphobia, “Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth, can throw our species into real psychological turmoil—not to mention crowding operating rooms with procedures to grotesquely amputate body parts?”

    Dear Dr. Ablow,
    There are those of us in the trans community that do learn to be comfortable with the bodies we are born in without heavy modification. We don’t insist on pronoun changes or special bathrooms and we don’t clutter your plastic surgery wings with more optional procedures. We demand very little of you in this issue…and then pieces of shit like you turn around and use that lack of demands as an excuse to push us all the harder into those preset gender roles spelled out in our birth certificates because if I really don’t like wearing makeup, I should have had that mastectomy.

  14. Lynne says:

    Kathleen: ome on ya’ll. Remember how everyone laughed at the right wing alarum

  15. alyson says:

    I am so thoroughly amused by the notion that painting a kid’s nails is messing with his gender identity. I mean, it’s a bit of colour on his toe; masculinity can’t be that fragile, can it?

  16. ks says:

    Victim-blaming bullshit. HIS LIFE WILL BE HARD SO YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT, instead of blaming the people who make it that way.

    This reminds me of the crap I used to get from well-meaning (and some not so well meaning) relatives before I got married to my totally not white immigrant husband. Because my poor not-white, obviously interracial kids would have a hard life due to my decision to mix my lily white genes with some brown ones.

    Back on topic, my almost 6 year old son loves to have his toenails painted. We have sparkly blue and green and black, because those are the colors he picked. He also wants some sparkly green hair clips, to use as paper clips because he thinks mine are cool. The only time my husband had a fit about any of it was the time A wanted to be like mommy and I painted his toes red–the husband didn’t know I’d done it and thought he was bleeding and had a bit of a freak out. So I’ve had to promise not to let him have red toes anymore.

  17. Bijan Parsia says:

    A friend reminded me that J. Crew isn’t the best organization overall and pointed me to e.g., the Saipan sweatshop settlement.

    With high recruitment fees and intense restrictions on their basic human rights (many of them are required to sign contracts that restrict them from religious expression, union organization, quitting their jobs and marrying/falling in love), the foreign workers are allegedly forced into a type of indentured servitude. They have to work in the garment factories to pay off the huge loans they took out to pay the bond to get to Saipan, but the wages they earn once they arrive are far from what they were promised. An eight-month investigation in Saipan completed by the Global Survival Network found extensive evidence of ‘human trafficking’ on the island. The report of their findings, released May 24, also detailed the plight of many women who were lured to Saipan with promises of employment in factories or restaurants, only to find themselves forced to work in sex clubs, another booming business there.

    It’s complicated, per usual :(

  18. Dear Dr. Ablow:

    Fuck you.

    Love and warm pink fuzzies!
    -a cismale who gives less than a shit about… whatever the fuck ginned-up transphobic garbage you’re on about.

  19. Sophist says:

    Kira:
    Fox News has a followup by Dr. Keith Ablow: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/04/11/j-crew-plants-seeds-gender-identity/

    “Well, how about the fact that encouraging the choosing of gender identity, rather than suggesting our children become comfortable with the ones that they got at birth…”

    Huh, I didn’t know gender was genetic. I guess you ladies must come down the birth canal clutching a bottle of nail polish and a pair of stilettos or something. Live and learn.

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  21. Erica says:

    When I was a young boy my father made sure I knew that any love and support was directly proportional to me being straight and masculine, just like his parents did to him. I mean sure I spent 20+ years on the verge of suicide before I admitted to myself that I am a kinky bisexual trans woman but imagine if he had done something cruel and unforgivable, like letting me paint my toes as a kid, that could have really messed me up.
    (for bonus points my father is gay now)

  22. outrageandsprinkles says:

    OH SNAP. I loaned my boyfriend my nail polish so he could paint his toes once. I had no idea I have been dating a transgendered person since then.

  23. pink daisy says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how fragile the male gender is…

  24. PG says:

    Little boys notice the females around them are wearing shiny bright stuff and they want to participate. One of my cousins would feel left out when my sisters and I were getting dressed up for parties, so to make him happy we’d put him in a frilly dress, paint his nails and put sparkly clips in his hair. He looked adorable and loved it.

    Then he went through the phase of needing to assert his masculinity and would be embarrassed when we’d tell him how much we envied his long eyelashes. But by the time he graduated from high school, he thought those old dress-up pictures were great, he’d figured out his lashes helped him get girls, and the only thing he hated to be teased about was his early male-pattern balding.

  25. cat says:

    Wait, painting toenails is how to turn people queer? I must have been doing it wrong when I painted my brother’s and cousin’s toenails then. But maybe it worked on me, you know, one for four or five? Oops, forgot I was female assigned at birth. Must of been my ninja turtle van what did it.

  26. Aatish says:

    pink daisy:
    It never ceases to amaze me how fragile the male gender is…

    Can you say misandry, sexist and a sweeping stereotype?

  27. Bijan Parsia says:

    Aatish: Can you say misandry, sexist and a sweeping stereotype?

    A more charitable reading would take pink daisy’s comment as ironically referring to the Media Research Council’s conception of male gender which surely seems rather fragile. FWIW.

  28. Mandolin says:

    Male gender in that comment clearly refers to masculinity not to “all members of the male gender.”

    Can you say “ginned-up outrage,” “trolling,” and “lack of reading comprehension?”

  29. paraxeni says:

    @cat – yep, used to do my younger brother’s (enviably curly) hair, dress him in my clothes, put make up and perfume on him, and parade him around as “my cousin Alexandra”. How queer it is then, that I’m the bender of the family, and that he is so straight he’s almost a fucking stereotype. I only wish I could have dented his precious man-essence with my femme-rays, I might have ended up with a brother I could tolerate for more than microseconds.

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  31. scrumby: Dear Dr. Ablow,
    There are those of us in the trans community that do learn to be comfortable with the bodies we are born in without heavy modification. We don’t insist on pronoun changes or special bathrooms and we don’t clutter your plastic surgery wings with more optional procedures. We demand very little of you in this issue…and then pieces of shit like you turn around and use that lack of demands as an excuse to push us all the harder into those preset gender roles spelled out in our birth certificates because if I really don’t like wearing makeup, I should have had that mastectomy.

    scrumby: Dear Dr. Ablow,
    There are those of us in the trans community that do learn to be comfortable with the bodies we are born in without heavy modification. We don’t insist on pronoun changes or special bathrooms and we don’t clutter your plastic surgery wings with more optional procedures. We demand very little of you in this issue…and then pieces of shit like you turn around and use that lack of demands as an excuse to push us all the harder into those preset gender roles spelled out in our birth certificates because if I really don’t like wearing makeup, I should have had that mastectomy.

    Something irks me about this comment. I don’t like how it seems to imply that having GRS and asking for a change of pronouns is some sort of tasking demand. Almost like you feel the need to distance yourself, I’m not one of those transpeople. If I am misinterpreting I appologize in advance

  32. A.Y. Siu says:

    Are these the same right-wing a-holes who claim that gender identity is genetic anyway and not the product of socialization? If men are naturally masculine and follow traditional gender roles as part of nature, then why would it matter if you painted their nails? Methinks they doth protest way too f’in much.

  33. Valerie says:

    The only people who will make life harder for this little boy are the people who espouse such intolerant and narrow worldviews and their unfortunate spawn, should they be successfully brainwashed by their parents.

  34. Aatish says:

    Bijan Parsia: A more charitable reading would take pink daisy’s comment as ironically referring to the Media Research Council’s conception of male gender which surely seems rather fragile. FWIW.

    Agreed. I concede to your point.

    Mandolin: Male gender in that comment clearly refers to masculinity not to “all members of the male gender.”Can you say “ginned-up outrage,” “trolling,” and “lack of reading comprehension?”

    Actually I can’t say “ginned-up outrage” and “trolling”. But you are right about the “lack of reading comprehension”

  35. norbizness says:

    So this brings my total reasons to shop at J. Crew from zero to one?

  36. Steve says:

    You know J Crew is probably swamped with Fox News viewers attacking their inboxes with hate mail. I just dropped off a “Thank You” letter so they’d know they have some support. Their e-mail is

  37. Frowner says:

    J Crew also did one of those “ten women who are all thin, mostly white and all lighter-skinned style some pants in different ways” web pages a month or so ago….where there was a butch preppie woman! Seriously, wearing men’s loafers from the men’s section, and a blazer and button-down and a butch cut and everything. I recognize that this is assimilationist, that J Crew’s labor practices aren’t the best and that they don’t make clothes for fat folks because it would dilute the brand…and yet, they included a really, really visibly queer woman like that was just the most normal thing in the world. I felt…conflicted. I also toyed with the idea of thrifting a pair of loafers.

  38. anna says:

    There’s nothing wrong with being gay or trans. And a little boy who enjoys feminine things is not more likely to be gay or trans, anyway. I really think it is misogynistic for people to be horrified when a little boy wants to wear pink nail polish or do something else associated with girls. Doesn’t he know he should hate anything associated with icky, worthless females? Sigh.

  39. Lemur says:

    The people complaining about pink nail polish obviously never had older sisters. My sister and I painted my brothers toes all the time when we were little. We also put him in dresses for when we played games. My brother turned out just like any other teenage boy, except he’s been known to rock a pink tie with his suit.

  40. scrumby says:

    Lara Emily Foley:
    Something irks me about this comment. I don’t like how it seems to imply that having GRS and asking for a change of pronouns is some sort of tasking demand. Almost like you feel the need to distance yourself, I’m not one of those transpeople. If I am misinterpreting I appologize in advance

    That post was largely sarcastic. That line about “cluttering up plastic surgery wings etc.” was approaching the issue from Dr. Ablows’ ‘transfolk are such a burden on society and by society I mean me’ perspective. My point was even if you ask for very little in regards to gender, you are still subject to the pressure to conform to preset gender roles often with the hypocritical stance that if you were reeaallly trans you’d be on the path to GRS.

    Personally I realized when it comes to my own gender presentation and happiness I could get by on the outer fringes of the cis world with little issue which is why I choose to stand with my trans brethren. It’s the people farther out who take the biggest risks, incur the biggest losses, and are the most vulnerable of our community and abandoning them because my path is easier is the worst kind of fair-weather friend.

  41. Donna L says:

    scrumby, I’m glad you clarified, because your earlier comment bothered me too. (Perhaps because there are indeed self-identified trans and genderqueer people who like to position themselves as being more enlightened than — and superior to — trans people who have body dysphoria and need and want to transition physically as well as socially.)

    As for this comment:

    “Are these the same right-wing a-holes who claim that gender identity is genetic anyway and not the product of socialization?”

    Thanks for being disrespectful to a whole lot of trans people who very much believe there’s a genetic (or at least biological) component to gender identity, and are neither right-wing nor a-holes. Everyone always says this place is pretty much a sea of ignorance about trans issues, and posts like this convince me that everyone is right.

  42. Mimi says:

    My nephew is 4 – he loves having his nails painted (though not his sucky finger) loves putting glitter on his face, loves hair clips & bows, loves playing dress-up, loves keys, loves trains (twains,) loves cars, loves stuffed animals, his favorite song is Roy G. Biv by They Might Be Giants. It’s almost like he’s a person! (His favorite color does flit back and forth between pink and orange, though.) Gender essentialism drives me nuts.

  43. scrumby: That post was largely sarcastic. That line about “cluttering up plastic surgery wings etc.” was approaching the issue from Dr. Ablows’ ‘transfolk are such a burden on society and by society I mean me’ perspective. My point was even if you ask for very little in regards to gender, you are still subject to the pressure to conform to preset gender roles often with the hypocritical stance that if you were reeaallly trans you’d be on the path to GRS.

    Personally I realized when it comes to my own gender presentation and happiness I could get by on the outer fringes of the cis world with little issue which is why I choose to stand with my trans brethren. It’s the people farther out who take the biggest risks, incur the biggest losses, and are the most vulnerable of our community and abandoning them because my path is easier is the worst kind of fair-weather friend.

    :) Glad I misinterpreted

    I apologize

  44. Jackie says:

    What about having boys wear dark nail polish, I think that’s somewhat acceptable now right?

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  46. Tim says:

    Sort of off-topic, but this line jumped out at me:

    … favorite affordable line of first lady Michelle Obama

    I don’t know if the MRC are quoting the First Lady’s characterization of J. Crew or putting words in her mouth. But was anybody else struck by the privilege embedded in describing J. Crew as “affordable”?

  47. Florence says:

    My new favorite blog (which isn’t explicitly capital-F feminist, but is smart and timely and typically feminist-friendly) sez:

    The point of the ad is the mother. What the mother is doing and what she is reflecting and modelling relative to the mothers perusing the catalog.

    This is a J.Crew catalog. The crappy striped shirt is $65. The sunglasses the boy is playing with on the catalog page are $450…

    In an editorial, Fox News resident psychiatrist, and Glenn Beck writing partner, Keith Ablow writes of the ad, “This is a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity—homogenizing males and females when the outcome of such “psychological sterilization” is not known.”

    Looking at the mother in that photo, I do not get the impression that she would ever “abandon all trappings” of anything, especially gender identity.

    What mainstream conservative opinion gets wrong (and consequently where feminist criticism of this position is led astray) is that this is not an ad about what is acceptable for boys. It’s not an ad that reflects the loosening of values or cultural mores. This is an ad about what is acceptable for mothers to do with and to their children. What rules and boundaries they can set and even what the rules are for playing with those boundaries. And all this is specifically targeted to the the mothers who are prime targets for the $450 sunglasses on offer in the catalog.

    …This is fun. We are having fun now. She is teaching him that it’s fun and good when mommy dresses him up, tells him what to wear, tells him that painting toenails is silly, etc. She’s imprinting herself on/as his superego. The message she is sending the boy is not, “painting boys’ toenails is okay” the message she is sending the boy is “painting boys toenails is silly and funny because boys don’t paint their toenails only girls do so if boys do it they are being silly and trying to get people to laugh”. This rule will form part of the boys superego. Will he wear toenail polish casually as part of his style? No. Because toenail polish on boys is enforced in his mind as something silly. Will he dress in drag as a silly halloween costume? Yes.

    Ablow has it precisely backwards when he writes “increasingly, this includes the truth that it is unwise to dress little girls like miniature adults.” Wrong. The ad is saying precisely that it is good and right for moms to obsess over their children’s dress and dictate what they wear. That has to be the message of the ad, because the ad is trying to sell extremely expensive children’s clothes to their mothers. Their mothers have to get the message that the obsessiveness that they apply to selecting their own dress is appropriate and right for their children. Otherwise, those mothers won’t be buying their kids’ clothes from the same place they buy their own.

    This feels more right to me. J. Crew isn’t “affordable” unless you’re of a particular social class, or aspire to be. This picture is attempting to sell a lifestyle, it isn’t meant to be propaganda promoting “gender-confusion” or trans* acceptance or even to really play with social mores at all.

    Like the post at the link says, this is reinforcing a gender stereotype that is already in effect: boys wearing girl stuff is silly. You’d think Ablow would fucking applaud.

  48. timberwraith says:

    Donna L said:

    As for this comment:

    “Are these the same right-wing a-holes who claim that gender identity is genetic anyway and not the product of socialization?”

    Thanks for being disrespectful to a whole lot of trans people who very much believe there’s a genetic (or at least biological) component to gender identity, and are neither right-wing nor a-holes. Everyone always says this place is pretty much a sea of ignorance about trans issues, and posts like this convince me that everyone is right.

    I actually laughed when I read A.Y. Siu’s comment. I’m transgender and I didn’t feel disrespected at all. The rest of his/her comment says:

    If men are naturally masculine and follow traditional gender roles as part of nature, then why would it matter if you painted their nails? Methinks they doth protest way too f’in much.

    S/he’s pointing out the inconsistencies in social conservatives’ logic and nothing more. Social conservatives often believe that masculinity and femininity are inflexible, absolute constructions of nature/god. If that were actually true, then what does it matter if guys paint their nails? They’ll wind up being masculine anyway. After all, you can’t beat nature (or divine will)!

    Besides, I can’t even tell from A.Y. Siu’s joking comment where s/he stands on the nature vs. nurture kerfuffle. *shurg*

    Also, just for the record, transgender people are not a monolith. Not all of us believe that biology forms the sole/main set of forces behind our identities. I’m a trans woman (I transitioned quite a while ago, if that matters) and I’m not convinced that my own identity is the result of biology. I have very clear memories of my childhood and the shifting of my own sex identity through those years. Maybe biology played a role to some degree. Maybe it didn’t. It doesn’t matter because there was a very specific chain of events that lead me to become who I am. Were those events significantly different, I might still identify as a guy. I’m glad that I’m not a guy because I cherish my experiences as a woman, but nevertheless, my life could have been quite different. If Marty McFly pulled up in a time-traveling DeLorean, I’d tell him to get lost. :)

    So, I don’t think that folks believing that sex/gender identity is a product of socialization are automatically being disrespectful toward trans folks. If they claim that our identities are any less real or “natural” than cis people, then yes, they’re being disrespectful. Even if everyone’s identities (cis and trans alike) as men, women, or neither/in-between are solely products of socialization, that doesn’t change the fact that someone is being a cissexist asshole when they claim trans identities are unworthy of as much respect as cis identities.

    The nature vs. nurture debate isn’t going to go away anytime soon. One’s position on that issue doesn’t necessarily indicate one’s level of acceptance toward trans folks. In fact, I can easily imagine cis proponents of either side of the argument trying to exploit transgender people’s identities in crappy ways in order to support their respective theories. Just don’t make us casualties in the wider discussion of the issue and everything will be fine.

    Now, lets move on to easier topics like freewill vs. determinism and the existence of god… ;)

  49. ~s~ says:

    Not only is Beckett likely to change his favorite color as early as tomorrow…

    See, that’s the beauty of nail polish. If his favourite colour changes tomorrow, Jenna can take the polish off and repaint the nails the new colour! It’s never-ending fun!

  50. timberwraith says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention my own reaction to this advertisement.

    When I realized that the kid in the picture was a boy, I smiled. Given how gender/sex segregated toys, clothing, play activities, and virtually everything else is in little kids’ worlds, I think this ad is absolutely wonderful. I won’t hold my breath, but I’m hoping for more ads like this one as time goes on.

    I remember the gender straightjacket that my parents and my peers tried to foist upon me when I was a little kid. I broke down and conformed for far too many years of my childhood. It was an incredibly damaging experience.

    So, yay for ads with gender-bendy kids!

  51. rengeko says:

    and is that the keith ablow that wrote the clevenger series? if so, i guess i’m dumping them too.

  52. Sojourner says:

    Saying “J Crew’s labor practices aren’t the best” is putting it really really mildly. I would also add “they don’t have a single non-white model on their website” and “they don’t have petites for most styles” to reasons I won’t be shopping there.

  53. Lila says:

    Support J-Crew? I’d love to. Oh wait, I can’t. I’m not thin enough to be worthy of their clothes, so they’re not cool enough to be worthy of my cash and/or support. My mistake. Perhaps when they learn to count past 16 (which they turn into a special size all by itself, because well, 16 isn’t fat enough to be totally worthless, but isn’t thin enough to be as worthy as other sizes, and we don’t want people to think of us as a fat store), I will support the fact that they can count past 2 and are therefore subverting the gender binary.

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